The quick actions of Novato police officers on Friday morning led to the arrest of a man accused of trafficking, assaulting, and attempting to kidnap a local woman, according to a Novato Police Department press release.
Passers-by noticed a physical altercation between a man and woman, “right out on the roadway,” near the corner of South Novato Boulevard and Stone Drive at 11:06 a.m., according to NPD Lieutenant John McCarthy. “Witnesses saw this confrontation between Cleveland and the victim and called it in,” he said.
Officers rushed to the corner and found the adult woman who had been involved in the fight , then by herself. She named Vincent Rondel Cleveland, 24, of San Francisco, as the suspect she had been attacked by.
The victim reported that Cleveland was her “pimp,” and that the two of them were in a relationship as well. Cleveland, she said, had assaulted her with repeated punches and kicks and began to pull her toward his car, which he intended to use to kidnap her. Cleveland stole her cell phone before fleeing the scene in advance of the NPD officers’ arrival.
Within a very short period of time, McCarthy said, officers spotted Cleveland in his car, driving on Ignacio Boulevard near Alameda Del Prado. Officers pulled over the suspect and arrested him for assault, robbery, kidnapping, and human trafficking, all felony charges.
The victim, who sustained minor bruising and scrapes,was treated for her injuries and has made a full recovery, according to McCarthy.
McCarthy reported that Cleveland has not had previous interactions with NPD.
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